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March 13, 2006
Contact: Victor Bailey, Hall Center for the Humanities, (785) 864-7822.

KU faculty authors to be honored at book celebration at Hall Center

LAWRENCE — The Hall Center for the Humanities’ Fourth Annual Celebration of Books will honor 25 University of Kansas humanities, social sciences and fine arts faculty members who produced 30 books in the past year.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is slated for 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30, at the Hall Center. Many of the new books, ranging in topics from Gandhi to Roman monuments, will be on display.

Four faculty authors will talk about their books and take audience questions:

• David M. Katzman and William M. Tuttle, professors of American studies, will discuss A People and a Nation: A History of the United States, now in its seventh edition. Katzman and Tuttle edited and contributed to this textbook, which emphasizes social history and gives particular attention to race and racial identity.

• Vicky Unruh, professor of Spanish and Portuguese, will tell the audience about Performing Women and Modern Literary Culture in Latin America, which explores how women writers gained access to literary life as public performers.

• Garth Myers, associate professor of geography and African studies, will discuss Disposable Cities: Garbage, Governance and Sustainable Development in Urban Africa, which draws on in-depth fieldwork to provide a critical analysis of the United Nations Sustainable Cities Program in Africa.

Victor Bailey, director of the Hall Center, said professors are too seldom congratulated for their research work.

“A published book can take anywhere from five to 10 years to complete and requires bags of energy, perseverance and creativity. We need to celebrate the achievement a published book represents,” Bailey said.

For more information, e-mail hallcenter@ku.edu or call (785) 864-4798.

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